Don’t give up!
God has a beautiful plan and purpose for our lives. He created each one of us with a unique purpose. We all have special gifts to use for the glory of the Lord.
Right now, I know that it might not feel beautiful. As we go through the growing process, it can feel painful and even hopeless. At times we may even question God and wonder where He is in our lives. I’ve been there.
I’ve sat in the darkness, alone with my tears, and wished for it to be over—the trial or my life, I’m not sure. But either way, I’ve wished desperately for the pain to be gone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost quit right before the blessing was bestowed upon me because I couldn’t see God or the end to my pain. All I could see was the pain and the hopelessness of it all. But, on the other side of the pain is the answer to our prayers.
Sometimes, we have to go through life’s ugly, messy parts to get to the blessings. What if God is preparing you in this valley for what you’ve been praying for? What if this trial will mold you into the person God created you to be? What if you are trying to settle for mediocrity, and God has great plans for you? What if you are the only thing in your way of receiving it?
We get stuck because of our limiting beliefs. We have a vision in our minds of how our lives are supposed to be. Anytime it goes beyond our vision, we think God has somehow forsaken us. When, in all reality, He is redirecting us to His plan for us. When life gets really hard, we must surrender to His will. Then, we become teachable and willing to learn His ways.
As long as we hold onto our beliefs, then we can’t see the will of God. My life right now looks nothing like I had envisioned for myself. Instead of believing the lies of my enemy and thinking that things will never get better, I believe that God has redirected my course in life and is taking me through the wilderness so that I can see the promised land. Before I can receive the blessings He has promised me, I must let go of my fears’ bondage. I have to be willing to follow Him, even when I don’t understand. And I have to trust that my God knows the way.
Deuteronomy 2:3 (KJV)
3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.
God knows the way and is just waiting for us to seek Him wholeheartedly. When we desire Him more than the things of the world, then He will lead us out of our wilderness.
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